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Gophers Seek First Big Ten Win at Michigan - OPEN THREAD

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


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12:00 PM



Pos. Minnesota Golden Gophers Pnt/Gm Pnt/Gm Michigan Wolverines Pos.
PG Deandre Mathieu 9.9 5.1 Spike Albrecht PG
G Andre Hollins 12.4 10.3 Derrick Walton Jr G
G Carlos Morris 12.7 14.7 Zak Irvin G
F Joey King 9.3 14.8 Caris LaVert F
F Maurice Walker 12.9 7.7 Ricky Doyle C
Bench Nate Mason 10.0 3.3 Aubrey Dawkins Bench
Bench Elliott Eliason 4.7 4.5 Kameron Chatman Bench
Bench Charles Buggs 4.1 4.2 Mark Donnal Bench

Efficiency Stats (national rank in parenthesis if significant)

Minnesota Michigan
Off PPP 1.074 (44) 1.042
Def PPP 0.936 0.957
Off TO% 18.8% 16.3% (28)
Def TO% 26.8% (3) 21.8%
Off Reb % 30.9% 25.3% (322)
Def Reb % 66.7% 73.0%

A Gopher team that thrives on forcing turnovers against a team that does a great job of not turning it over.

Keys to a Gopher Win

Get to Shooters -
Traditionally under John Beilein Michigan is a very good shooting team, particularly from behind the arc. The past few seasons this program has ranked in the top 20 in eFG%, this year they currently rank 124th. This year they have not been nearly as good as previous seasons but that doesn't mean they can't put it together this afternoon, and don't we all expect it to happen? We must get to shooters and not let them get hot.

Want it More -
The Gophers just haven't finished well or played a complete game in a long while. Purdue wanted it more, Maryland just beat us and Ohio State out-executed us down the stretch. At some point you just have to want it more. Play with determination from tip to the final buzzer. This is rather ambiguous but clearly the Gophers just need to want this win and play like there is nothing Michigan can do to stop us.

Play smart, play hard and play a full game to get our first Big Ten win.